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Kim Jong-Un Has Banned North Koreans From Copying His Style

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Kim Jong-Un Has Banned North Koreans From Copying His Style

A North Korean person has revealed the strange new rule that is being enforced across the land.

The source from Pyongsong told Radio Free Asia that Kim Jong-un has banned his people from wearing a leather coat that he's regularly seen in.

The dictator started donning the 'powerful' coat during public appearances and it rocketed up in popularity amongst the wealthier people of North Korea.

It became a symbol for power and money, however merchants started reproducing the style of coat using cheaper materials, meaning the lower classes could finally afford the look.

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Kim has rocked several fancy coats during his time as leader. Credit: REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
Kim has rocked several fancy coats during his time as leader. Credit: REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

The North Korean source revealed authorities have been forced to crack down on anyone who is seen wearing the coat.

"As leather coats began to be recognised as a symbol of power, private clothing merchants asked trading company officials to import synthetic leather since September of this year," they said.

"The police respond to the complaints, saying that wearing clothes designed to look like the Highest Dignity's is an 'impure trend to challenge the authority of the Highest Dignity'.

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"They instructed the public not to wear leather coats, because it is part of the party's directive to decide who can wear them."

Credit: UPI/Alamy Live News
Credit: UPI/Alamy Live News

North Korea is no stranger to curtailing people's habits when it comes to self expression.

In May this year, it was revealed Kim Jong-un had handed down a directive that mullets, skinny jeans, slogan T-shirts and nose rings were to be banned.

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The dictator felt these fashion choices were markers of a capitalist society and that is absolutely not what he wants in his country.

The ruling was laid bare in the North Korean newspaper Rondong Sinmun, which said: "History teaches us a crucial lesson that a country can become vulnerable and eventually collapse like a damp wall regardless of its economic and defence power if we do not hold on to our own lifestyle.

"We must be wary of even the slightest sign of the capitalistic lifestyle and fight to get rid of them."

On top of the mullet ban, when North Koreans head to the barber or hair salon, they're only allowed to select from one of 15 'socialist approved' haircuts.

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Don't even think about trying to get a mohawk or rainbow coloured highlights put in because it will be refused by the hairdresser.

Also recently, North Koreans have been told they can't consume Western magazines or videos.

Featured Image Credit: KCNA/Kyodo

Stewart Perrie
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